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A few days ago I discovered that Depeche Mode are playing in Bratislava the day after the Nova Rock festival. So what? I hear you ask. Well, Bratislava is approx 60km from Vienna, so it is feasible to go there just for a concert. My only issue is figuring out transport back from the concert because the late night trains all seem to end on the other side of Vienna. Well, that and the fact that I will probably be exhausted after 3 days at Nova Rock. The set list from the first two shows of their tour (before it got postponed due to Dave Gahan’s tumour) look really good though.

I am leaning towards going since the “Tour of the Universe” does not appear to include Australia, so it may be the only opportunity I have to see them. I still have 3 weeks before the concert, so I can think about it a bit longer. Maybe this clip will help me decide…

*update 01/06: I bought my Depeche Mode ticket today. Bratislava, here I come!

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My sister sent me a link to this the other day. Why? Because it reminded her of me. I am ashamed to admit I did like this song when it was released (in my defence, I was about 14 at the time). At least my Mum was nice enough to say that Plush by Stone Temple Pilots reminded her of me.

That got me thinking about songs that reminded me of other people. Or situations in general. So here are a few songs that I can never hear without associating with someone or something:

Daughter by Pearl Jam – I had a friend in high school whose favourite bands were Pearl Jam & Faith No More and this song always reminds me of him because I bought him Vs (on cassette!) for his birthday one year and he really loved that song. I should really thank him for his positive influence on my musical tastes – I may still have been listening to D:Ream and East 17 if it weren’t for him!

Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer – Another friend always managed to find ways of programming things to play this, so I can never hear this song without thinking of being in our IT class in high school.

Blue Monday by New Order – I once received a note from a guy asking me out which contained the entire lyrics to this (which creeped me out a little at the time).

Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson – Reminds me of one of my old flatmates because I remember both of us rocking out to this in the car once. It’s not even the sort of music she usually likes!

Highway Star by Deep Purple – Listening to the Dazed and Confused soundtrack for the first time and the entire family basically headbanging and/or playing air guitar in the kitchen. Only reason I remember that is because I was thinking it was like something you’d see on Party of Five, not something that families actually do!

And last but not least, since my sister shamed me with such an embarrassing song that reminded her of me, what reminds me of her?

At least I’m not threatening to play songs she hates at her funeral. She wants to play Common People by Pulp at mine (assuming I die first) because I hated the song so much when it came out that she once chased me around the house playing it on a radio. How that came up in conversation I have no idea, but I would like Wave Goodbye by Chris Cornell, if you were wondering (no, I am not planning on dying anytime soon).

When I was in high school, I used to watch a lot of movies with one of my friends. We went to the cinema pretty much twice a week and also rented quite a lot of videos. This means I did see a whole lot of crap, but was also introduced to some pretty good movies that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. One of those movies was Braindead.

Basically, I would never have rented it because it’s a horror movie and I’m generally not much into horror. It’s not that I can’t watch them because I get scared or anything, quite the opposite actually. I remember watching A Nightmare on Elm Street at a sleepover when I was 12 and laughing myself stupid at the special effects. No one else found it funny though. I may have been a little odd. Anyway, my friend had already seen Braindead and said it was really funny, so I watched it. He was right. Yeah, it has all the bad special effects, but it was so obviously deliberate you knew it was supposed to be funny.

I’ve rented the movie a few times since then, but had never been able to find it on DVD. It was always a battered VHS hidden in some dark corner of the video store. Then last week a guy at work advertised it for sale second hand, so I bought it. The poor guy told me how much effort he had gone to to find the movie, but was selling a whole lot of DVDs to make more space.

Here’s one of my favourite scenes, which was frequently quoted by my friends: